Thousands Of People Attended Candlelight Vigils In Memory Of Eurydice Dixon
Melbourne landmarks were also lit orange in remembrance.
Thousands of people have attended candlelight vigils in memory of Eurydice Dixon, the Melbourne woman who was allegedly raped and murdered while walking home last week.
More than a dozen vigils were held on Monday evening in cities and towns across the country. The largest took place in Melbourne, where upwards of ten thousand people, including Premier Daniel Andrews and Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp, gathered in silence in Princes Park near the spot where Dixon’s body was found.
Eurydice Dixon deserved to be remembered for how she lived her life, not how she lost it. She was denied this right. As were far too many others. pic.twitter.com/94qnM6aXxk
— Daniel Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) June 18, 2018
A number of Melbourne landmarks were also lit up with orange lights, the colour used by the United Nations in its campaign to end violence against women.
— Clare Murphy (@ClareAliceMurph) June 18, 2018
Together with the Victorian Government and the people of Victoria, we stand against violence. Our Spire is illuminated orange tonight to coincide with a public vigil at Princes Park in honour of Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon. pic.twitter.com/pPDckp3gqF
— ArtsCentreMelb (@artscentremelb) June 18, 2018
The Royal Exhibition Building is lit orange in remembrance of the life of Eurydice Dixon. We stand by Eurydice’s family, friends, & community during this difficult time in love, respect & solidarity. We all have a right to be safe in public spaces at all times. Vale Eurydice. pic.twitter.com/ZGENHwZexL
— Melbourne Museum (@melbournemuseum) June 18, 2018
At a vigil in Sydney’s Hyde Park, organisers read out the names of 30 women who have been murdered in the past year, with 30 seconds of silence after each name.
— Sebastian Reategui (@spebz) June 18, 2018
In Canberra, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten both attended a vigil outside Parliament House.
A 19-year-old man has been charged with Dixon’s rape and murder.
Feature image via Sally Capp/Twitter